Rerouting Deck Fix: Kreepy Krawlers

Loukas Peterson

10/31/2017 11:00:00 AM

Not going to lie - illustrations are of paramount importance for me when it comes to how I view a card. For example, I love Wattgiraffe because it's adorable on every level. Gimmick Puppet Egg Head, on the other hand, gave me such a startle I actually threw the trade binder back at my friend and screamed as I ran away.

While Krawler monsters aren't adorable, each piece of card art integrates the biological body of insects with its corresponding attribute or aspect of the nervous system that each represents. They may not be cute, but you can tell a lot of thought went into their macabre designs. The Krawlers may not terrify me like one ovial card, but their effects have the potential to rip through all your opponent's resources. This week's contributor from France writes…

I was worried that I wouldn't be able to afford any good decks going forward, but then I found the Krawlers. All the cards are really cheap, and it turns out that they can be pretty good if you know what you're doing with them. I really like to put lots of Krawlers facedown, and I even thought about adding Kuribandit to combine with Burst Return for early dominating plays.

I then realized it would just be better to use Card of Demise and Into The Void. I don't like how World Legacy Pawns and Pot of Duality conflict, so that's why I turn to you. My favorite card in the deck is not in the Main Deck but the Extra Deck - X-Krawler Qualiark. It's beefy and makes me want more Krawlers.


-Marc L. ~ Nice, France

Check out his deck, promised to be full of new toys to play with!

    Kreepy Krawlers Ver 1.0 Marc L.    
Main Deck
Side Deck
3 Krawler Axon
3 Krawler Dendrite
3 Krawler Glial
3 Krawler Ranvier
3 Krawler Receptor
3 Krawler Spine
Monsters [18]
3 Burst Return
3 Card of Demise
1 Foolish Burial
3 Into the Void
3 Pot of Duality
3 Terraforming
1 Upstart Goblin
3 World Legacy in Shadow
Spells [20]
3 World Legacy Pawns
Traps [3]
Deck Total [41]


3 Firewall Dragon
3 Missus Radiant
3 X-Krawler Neurogos
3 X-Krawler Qualiark
3 X-Krawler Synaphysis
Extra Deck [15]

While there isn't a one-to-one correlation, Krawlers remind me of Shaddolls mixed with Yang Zings. Add Flip Effect monsters with recursion, and you have a theme that's not just new in name alone. It's a unique deck that feels really fresh.

Let's get to it.

Spooky Scary Krawler Theme
…Sends shivers down your spine. At least, it does for me. The more you look, the freakier the art gets, no matter how much I admire the theme.

Anyway, enough about how the cards look - let's talk about what they can do. Simply put, Krawlers are all Earth Insects that have Flip Effects to cover the spread of all simple destruction and economy effects. One gets Krawlers from the deck to your hand, one blows up spells, one brings you breakfast in the morning… the Flip Effect Krawlers are all pretty basic.

The best part about the Main Deck Krawlers is their common ability that brings out more Krawlers when your opponent destroys them with card effects. You'll revive whatever two Krawlers you please from your graveyard, and when you throw them down, you'll get to abuse the newly summoned Krawlers' effects as well!

Obviously the Field Spell World Legacy in Shadow feeds your graveyard with Krawlers, but if your only strategy is to smatter the field with Flip Krawlers, you'll be missing out on their full potential. To succeed with Krawlers, you'll want to yard several of them pretty early to get the most bang for your buck. What's a quick and dirty way to do that? Surprisingly, one of my favorite cards that I'VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO USE BEFORE AND TOTALLY NOT BITTER ABOUT – Resonance Insect. When banished, it yards an Insect. When yarded, it nets a big bug from your deck.

 X-Krawler Qualiark
X-Krawler Qualiark148336
Set Circuit Break
Number CIBR-EN050
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Insect
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 2000 /
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 "Krawler" monsters
If this face-up card is destroyed by battle, or leaves the field because of an opponent's card effect while its owner controls it: You can target 2 "Krawler" monsters with different names in your GY; Special Summon them in face-down Defense Position. Apply these effects based on the number of "Krawler" monsters you control.
• 2+: All monsters you control gain 300 ATK/DEF.
• 4+: Your opponent's cards and effects cannot be activated during the Battle Phase.
• 6+: Your monsters can attack directly.

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BlueGhost Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.05
TGS Trades 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.05
Spectorion 1st Edition - Near Mint 4 $0.10
Uraby Fast Sales 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $0.10
Davis Cards & Games Unlimited - Lightly Played 1 $0.10
Ziege Games Unlimited - Lightly Played 1 $0.10
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Gold Sarcophagus immediately turns into Foolish Burial for Krawlers, and I think that's a huge boost to the theme right there. Resonance Insect acts as a de facto Foolish Burial, then in two turns you get more use out of your monster - keep in mind, it's an Earth Insect as well, so worst case scenario it's food for X-Krawler Neurogos and X-Krawler Synaphysis. When Resonance Insect hits the yard you'll get a search as well - I personally think Doom Dozer is a hilarious-but-effective way to finish the duel in a hurry.

Resonance Insect turns into the monster that just keeps giving. When you Special Summon your Doom Dozer by banishing Resonance Insect, its effect kicks in again and yards another Krawler. Having the ability to yard Krawlers relatively easily means you can play fewer copies of the not-so-amazing ones and still reap the full benefits from them. I know some of the monsters may seem a bit niche, but remember that Resonance Insect can also search Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju. You don't need to start shoving as many Kaiju as possible into the deck, but having another tool at your disposal is worth the spot.

Krawler? I Don't Even Know Her!
The biggest concern I have with Marc's deck is that it's just so slow. Decks that revolve around flip effects are going to be inherently slow, but when the deck's real strength lies in the Extra Deck, cards like Pot of Duality and Card of Demise are cut from the vein of being boring. Obviously they have merit in a lot of strategies, but that's typically when you're digging for specific cards or early combos.

I do like Card of Demise because it can effectively yard several Krawler monsters for future revival, but there are just more interesting ways to achieve the same output with fun cards like Resonance Insect. Furthermore, you can field the big Link monsters when slow rolling it!

Instead, I vouch for Multiplication of Ants and Worm Bait. Never heard of those cards? That's not surprising, because they're normally awful , and I mean that in the nicest way possible. Before Link Monsters, what in the world could you have done with Insect Tokens? Worm Bait goes a step further and restricts your Summons on Level 3 and 4 monsters… have I convinced you those cards used to be horrible yet?

X-Krawler Neurogos and X-Krawler Synaphysis only need Insect and Earth monsters respectively, and the Insect Tokens from Worm Bait and Multiplication of Ants fit the bill. Worm Bait's obviously a bit better since you don't need to tribute a monster, but I think having another copy of Token creation via a single Multiplication of Ants feeds into your Krawler Army.

After all, the big scary X-Krawler Qualiark is fed by swarming the field with Krawlers, getting boosts the more Krawlers you have on your field. Obviously, I'm emphasizing the importance of extra Earth Insects, AKA all those Tokens. Take a look at the second effect for all the X-Krawlers: when they hit the yard you'll get two more Krawlers from your graveyard facedown. As soon as you can field any of the X-Krawlers, you'll want to Link Summon them immediately. The deck isn't going to win by slowly setting Krawlers and just hoping to accrue enough field presence to win the game.

That said, I'm not above adding some slower cards. Scapegoats, for example, is such a blessing to this deck. While the defense it provides can be useful, it's also an explosive way to make a giant Link army to supplement your X-Krawlers. A single copy of Scapegoats nets a Missus Radiant and an X-Krawler Synaphysis with three open linked zones. I can't stress this enough, but you'll win with Krawlers by throwing everything including the kitchen sink at your opponent.

 Missus Radiant
Missus Radiant139218
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-EN052
Type Link/Effect Monster
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 EARTH monsters
All EARTH monsters on the field gain 500 ATK and DEF, also all WIND monsters on the field lose 400 ATK and DEF. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 EARTH monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Missus Radiant" once per turn.

Store Condition Qty Avail Price  
Dice Addiction Pro Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $0.95
MemeKingsCabin 1st Edition - Near Mint 2 $1.17
Frontline Games 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.47
Kaizen inc Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $1.49
PharaohTCG Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $1.50
Dice Addiction Pro 1st Edition - Near Mint 3 $1.60
Wandering Star Unlimited - Near Mint 1 $1.78
Buds Place 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.86
Gamerz Klubb Unlimited - Near Mint 2 $1.98
CoreTCG 1st Edition - Near Mint 1 $1.99

For better or worse, YCS Dallas showed that we have a clear frontrunner for the deck-to-beat in this format, and still potentially the next; SPYRALS just overshadowed everything else completely. “But Trickstars and Invoked made Top 32 as well!” To that I say, “Quiet, you. Any deck that takes 29 of the Top 32 spots is clearly the best deck no matter how you cut it.”

And for that reason, I'm testing a certain insect - Retaliating “C”.

The card's design was all but made to stop Shaddoll Fusion, but it can throw a pretty big wrench into certain SPYRAL combos, depending on what cards your opponent opened with. Retaliating “C” is normally difficult to Summon with its own effect, but with an early SPYRAL GEAR - Big Red, you may just stop some of the deadliest parts of a SPYRAL combo by banishing everything your opponent yards. Plus you get a Krawler when Retaliating “C” dies!

Check out the changes to the deck below.

-2 Krawler Axon
-1 Krawler Glial
-1 Krawler Spine
-3 Krawler Ranvier
-3 Pot of Duality
-3 Into The Void
-1 Upstart Goblin
-3 Card of Demise
-1 World Legacy Pawns
-3 Burst Return

-2 Firewall Dragon
-1 Missus Radiant
-1 X-Krawler Qualiark

+1 Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
+1 Doom Dozer
+1 Maxx "C"
+3 Resonance Insect
+3 Retaliating "C"
+3 Gold Sarcophagus
+1 Multiplication of Ants
+3 Worm Bait
+3 Scapegoats
+1 Upstart Goblin

+1 Decode Talker
+1 Link Spider
+1 Proxy Dragon
+1 Subterror Behemoth Fiendess

Keep in mind, I'm not saying Retaliating “C” will give you an auto-win, but it's a cheap hand trap that has synergy with Krawlers and will make SPYRALS reconsider their early combos when they lean on SPYRAL GEAR - Big Red. Here's the final build of the deck.

    Kreepy Krawlers Ver 2.0 Loukas Peterson    
Main Deck
Side Deck
1 Doom Dozer
1 Krawler Axon
3 Krawler Dendrite
2 Krawler Glial
3 Krawler Receptor
2 Krawler Spine
1 Kumongous, the Sticky String Kaiju
1 Maxx "C"
3 Resonance Insect
3 Retaliating "C"
Monsters [20]
1 Foolish Burial
3 Gold Sarcophagus
1 Multiplication of Ants
3 Scapegoat
3 Terraforming
1 Upstart Goblin
3 World Legacy in Shadow
3 Worm Bait (5D's Tag Force 4)
Spells [18]
2 World Legacy Pawns
Traps [2]
Deck Total [40]


1 Decode Talker
1 Firewall Dragon
1 Link Spider
2 Missus Radiant
1 Proxy Dragon
1 Subterror Behemoth Fiendess
3 X-Krawler Neurogos
2 X-Krawler Qualiark
3 X-Krawler Synaphysis
Extra Deck [15]

Again, I'm surprised I like Krawlers so much considering they're bugs and Flip Effect monsters, but they turned out to be a really fun deck to play! And since the strategy's so inexpensive, it's a good budget deck to play around with when you don't have the funds for the bigger strategies, or don't want to overinvest in something new just to get away form the more regular competitive grind.

Just remember, beat your opponents before they beat you!

-Loukas Peterson

Loukas Peterson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where it's warmer than warm, whatever that means. When he's not trying to figure out his life or crying about the lack of Fabled support, you can find making “attempts” at “art” and playing his ukulele terribly, or on Thursday nights, practicing punching the air for an upcoming contest. Hailed as the only person capable of cooking Minute Rice in 57 seconds, Loukas is always looking for another creative outlet and a dog to pet.

Do you love winning with unconventional strategies? Do you love creating mash-ups? Does your deck need an injection of crazy? Send the following to to have your deck featured in the “Re-Routing” deck fix column!

-Your Main and Extra Deck list. (No Side Deck needed, but please send a written deck list, not a screencap; screencapped deck lists will be filed and then burned in the furnace accordingly… and your deck should be TCG legal).

-Your name and city.

-Remember, please use full card names! Abbrevs and mis-sipllngs make Loukas' life sad. Try your darndest to get the TCG name on there.

-A paragraph or two describing your deck: what it does, why you're playing it, and its strengths and weaknesses. “Winning” is not a strategy per se, and neither is “beating your opponents before they beat you.”

-Your favorite card from the build and why – make me fall in love with the deck! The cooler your strategy the more I'll want to fix it, and if you throw in funny jokes, that'll surely get my attention too; be warned, unfunny jokes will push your deck to the back of the stack. Don't be afraid to get creative! New stuff takes priority, because I'm not bored of it yet! –LJP

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